With all the talk about a deja vu super storm heading towards the East Coast of the United States it is time to talk about how we all should be prepared for unusual, freak storms; such as an East Coast Hurricane mixed with a blast of cold arctic air from the north.
Twitter was a buzz about the ‘Frankenstorm’ in Northern New Jersey are already preparing at a feverish pace buying up generators, gasoline, water and other preparedness items and the storm is three days away!
Residents from New England to New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia should remain vigilant and be prepared to take action in the next few days.
NOAA to East: Beware of coming ‘Frankenstorm’
An unusual nasty mix of a hurricane and a winter storm that forecasters are now calling “Frankenstorm” is likely to blast most of the East Coast next week, focusing the worst of its weather mayhem around New York City and New Jersey.
Government forecasters on Thursday upped the odds of a major weather mess, now saying there’s a 90 percent chance that the East will get steady gale-force winds, heavy rain, flooding and maybe snow starting Sunday and stretching past Halloween on Wednesday.
Meteorologists say it is likely to cause $1 billion in damage.
The storm is a combination of Hurricane Sandy, now in the Caribbean, an early winter storm in the West, and a blast of arctic air from the North. They’re predicted to collide and park over the country’s most populous coastal corridor and reach as far inland as Ohio.
The hurricane part of the storm is likely to come ashore somewhere in New Jersey on Tuesday morning, said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecaster Jim Cisco. But this is a storm that will affect a far wider area, so people all along the East have to be wary, Cisco said.
Coastal areas from Florida to Maine will feel some effects, mostly from the hurricane part, he said, and the other parts of the storm will reach inland from North Carolina northward.
Once the hurricane part of the storm hits, “it will get broader. It won’t be as intense, but its effects will be spread over a very large area,” the National Hurricane Center’s chief hurricane specialist, James Franklin, said Thursday.
Early Worries That Hurricane Sandy Could Be a ‘Perfect Storm’
Hurricane Sandy, which on Thursday was barreling through the Bahamas as a Category 2 storm, may be taking aim at the northeastern part of the United States, and could make landfall along the Atlantic coast in the early part of next week. If so, forecasters say, the storm could become, to use a technical term from meteorology, a whopper.
“It really could be an extremely significant, historic storm,” said Brian McNoldy, a senior research associate at the University of Miami, explaining that conditions are similar to those that created the famous “perfect storm” of 1991.
Hurricane prediction is, of course, an iffy business, said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the National Hurricane Center, who noted that the storm is still days away from reaching the East Coast and that it could weaken dramatically, or even shift course and race off into the Atlantic.
The chain of events that would make Sandy develop into a grave threat to the coast involves a storm system known as a mid-latitude trough that is currently moving across the country from the west. If it meets up with Sandy, as many computer models predict, the storm over land could draw Sandy in. “Now you’ve got this giant storm complex with a lot of energy,” Mr. Feltgen said. The combined systems could produce high winds, rain and storm surge that would cause extensive damage.
As we have stated many times on here it is best to have your preparations well in place before any indication of an emergency. If you need to go out to get last minute items to round off your supplies make sure you do it well before the actual event. Also it is ideal to have items topped off in case of an unforeseen event where you do not get advanced warning.
Current Tracking of Hurricane Sandy as of October 26th 2012 @ 11:00 AM EST
Hurricane Sandy as of October 25th 2012 @ 8:00 PM EST
More information on Hurricane Sandy 2012 – http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at3.shtml?5-daynl#contents
Things To Do Before a Hurricane or Severe Storm
- Secure loose items outside your house! The winds may not be strong enough to break a window but flying debris will break glass. That means take down wind chimes, bird feeders, bring in trashcans, move plants inside, secure patio furniture, etc. Anything left outdoors can and will become a projectile. If items are too large to be brought inside, secure them the best you can. Ask you neighbors to do the same so their items do not blow through your windows.
- Freeze jugs of water. Then you will have block ice to keep food cold and after the jugs melt, you have drinking water. Once the power goes off, move jugs of frozen water from the freezer into the fridge and keep the fridge door closed. You can also move the jugs into a cooler filled with drinks to minimize opening the fridge. Remember, if your power is off, the corner store will not have ice either.
- The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half-full) if the door remains closed. If your freezer is not full, fill it up with everything you can think of before the power goes off, i.e. water bottles, jugs of milk, even newspapers to fill in empty space.
- If you run out of drinking water, everyone who has a hot water heater has access to 40 or so gallons of clean water. Simply drain the water from your hot water heater via the valve on the front. Also, if you have a washer in your home, fill the washer with water, when it starts the wash cycle, turn the washer off and you have gallons and gallons of fresh drinking water. Filling the bathtub is also a good idea.
- 30 or 40 gallon plastic trash cans are a good place to store large amounts of water for flushing toilets, washing dishes, and drinking if need be.
- Newspapers are good to soak up water with. You don’t want to clean up water that may seep into the house with towels because if there is no power for prolonged periods you have no way to wash and dry wet towels. Newspapers are easily cleaned up and can be thrown away.
- Extra pair of shoes under the bed in case power goes out and windows blow out. Don’t want to walk around barefoot looking for your shoes.
- Do laundry and wash dishes before the storm hits. When the power goes out you don’t want heaps of dirty dishes or clothing to deal with.
- Charge up all you electronics before the power goes off.
- Fill your car with gas and have cash on hand because ATM’s will not work.
- Bleach and an eyedropper for water purification, 8 drops of bleach per gallon of water.
- Have a copy of important documents & phone numbers. Speaking of phones, if you have a land-line, make sure you have an old school plug in phone too. Your cordless phone will not work when the power is off. You also might want to have an out of state contact that you can call to let people know you are ok. Sometimes local lines become jammed when there is a disaster.
- A good heavy pair of work gloves. They will come in handy if you have a lot of debris to clear after the storm.
- If you have a generator, test it before the storm starts and stock up on fuel/oil for it and have extra filters on hand.
- Fill gas tanks in vehicles before storm; if power goes out, pumps will not work.
- Make sure you have coinage. Stores without power but are still selling goods may not be able to break large bills to make change.
- Stock up on can goods and make sure you have a manual can opener.
- A good cheap way to keep clean without power is to take wet washcloths, put a little soap on them, and seal them in zip lock bags – homemade handi-wipes.
- If you are on medication, get your scripts filled before the storm.
- Don’t seal your car windows up airtight. When the pressure drops your window’s can implode.